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Speaker Bios

We are so proud to host our incredible group of speakers at this year's virtual Day of Action who have made this Online Event possible! 

Stay Tuned for Speaker Bios!

Mr. André Picard

Award-Winning National Health Writer and Author

André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He has been a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books. André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his dedication to improving healthcare.

Dr. Naheed Dosani

As a palliative care physician and health justice advocate, Naheed Dosani is dedicated to achieving equitable access to healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. These efforts include founding Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) and serving as the medical director for the Peel Regional COVID-19 homeless response.

Naheed shares his passion for health equity through education and advocacy efforts, including media, public speaking, social media, and faculty appointments at the University of Toronto and McMaster University.

Dr. Trevor Hancock

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant. He ‘retired’ in 2018 from his role as Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism.

His recent focus has been the combination of his two main areas – the relationship between human health and the natural environment and the healthy community approach. Since retiring he has established a new NGO in Victoria – Conversations for a One Planet Region – that works to engage the people and governments of the Greater Victoria Region is conversations about what is involved in becoming a region with an ecological footprint of One Planet while maintaining a good quality of life and good health for all.

Dr. Howard Njoo

Dr. Howard Njoo is the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada and directly supports the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) in providing public health advice, speaking to Canadians and representing the Agency in a variety of domestic and international fora. In addition, Dr. Njoo is the Chief Medical Advisor to the Vice President for the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch and is the federal co-chair of the Communicable and Infectious Diseases Steering Committee reporting to the Public Health Network Council in Canada.


Dr. Njoo has worked at all three levels of the federal system of government in Canada as a public health physician and medical epidemiologist, as well as continuing to practice as a front line clinician in infectious diseases for close to thirty years. 

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